Residents are asked to register their homes on a specially built website to determine demand for the fiber Internet service. There is no cost to register.
Hinton, West Virginia – April 14, 2021 - GoGig Inc., a Blacksburg, Virginia based Internet provider, has identified over 4,000 homes in Summers County, WV which are candidates for its world class gigabit (1,000 megabits per second) Internet service. The homes are grouped into 7 clusters called GiggyTowns. When a GiggyTown reaches over 60% registration count, the GiggyTown is selected for construction and activation.
The registration process enables GoGig to determine if there is sufficient demand to embark on the deployment and permits the community to get involved in accessing this important resource. There are no costs associated with registering. Pricing for the service is expected to be $89 per month including all taxes, fees and home Wifi. Citizens can go to the company website at http://gogig.net/Summers to learn more, check availability and register their interest level in the service.
According to the FCC, the majority of this region is unserved with Internet speeds below 25 megabits per second. Residents regularly test their Internet speeds below 5 megabits per second. The fiber service being brought to the homes by GoGig will be 200X this measured speed. High speed access is vitally important to modern economies providing access to education, medical care, commerce, jobs and more.
“The impact of high quality fiber internet for those underserved in Summers County will be very significant for every citizen. This campaign will enable much of our community to have access to a service that can help increase career and education opportunities, in addition to an improved quality of life. The partnership with GoGig Internet has been great so far and we look forward to the vision for affordable, high quality Internet access coming to life. Today is an incredible moment for Summers County as we take a step into the future.”, said Ted Kula, County Commissioner from Summers County.
GoGig has a track record of success when working with rural communities. It was founded via a crowdfunding effort in 2013 between a dozen tech companies, hundreds of residents and the Town of Blacksburg to bring gigabit fiber Internet service plus free WiFi to downtown. Since its launch, the downtown free Internet service outlived its 18 month mission while serving tens of thousands of people. In addition, the number of technologies professionals working in the downtown area of Blacksburg has more than doubled in the same period, growing to over 200 technology based workers.
“What is ahead of us is incredibly awesome. We are excited to be partnering with Summers County for this project. Everyone should have access to an affordable, quality and secure Internet. I am confident that the new fiber innovations and Internet technologies we are deploying will significantly narrow the gap to that vision becoming a reality. It is a proud day for our community that we launch this campaign to enable the citizens of Summers county to get closer to that vision.”, said Paul Summers, COO of GoGig, Inc.
Summers County residents and businesses can visit https://www.gogig.net/summers to check availability and register to receive updates as GoGig expands. For more information about this release including media contacts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT GOGIG INC.
Based in Blacksburg, Virginia, GoGig is a high speed Internet provider committed to delivering a high quality, affordable and secure Internet experience to residents and businesses in rural communities. It has a long standing relationship with its customers to provide exceptional Internet and customer service. With primary operations in Blacksburg, Virginia, GoGig is building an Internet business to scale across rural communities globally. Check http://gogig.net/summers for more information and availability.
The New River Valley Regional Commission began seeking feedback on current broadband access from residents of Blacksburg, Christiansburg and greater Montgomery County back in October 2016. Results were shared with local leaders in March and again this week with internet service providers and local officials.
Kevin Byrd, executive director of the NRVRC, led the presentation. While commission members did say that much of the feedback they received was expected, there is also great value in seeing developing trends. One such trend is the growing number of people working from home, whether full-time or logging time outside the office after hours. Of course, primary usage of residential internet service remains email, shopping, news, music and streaming video.
Survey respondents were asked about their satisfaction with factors such as speed, reliability, and customer service. Each area saw strengths and weaknesses with the service offerings available to them. Christiansburg residents were mostly pleased with the level of support and service they receive from providers, but not as much with the speed and reliability. In Blacksburg, it was just the opposite. Speed and reliability are satisfactory while customer service is not. County residents, most of whom are out of range of the larger providers in both towns, are not satisfied with any aspect of the services they use.
It’s clear that residents want more options, but they do not want their local government providing internet as a utility. When the floor was turned over to providers to ask questions the topic naturally turned to how we can best work with local officials to increase broadband access and bring competition to the market.
At GoGig, we’re already working with local officials in Blacksburg and partnering with local businesses to expand our coverage of fiber-based, advanced wireless service. We will continue to look for more opportunities to grow into other areas at the same time. Demand for broadband access is only going to increase, and as access grows capacity needs to grow, too.
We are adding new businesses as clients every month, and we will soon be adding residential service. If you’re interested in talking more with us about service for your business or home, please complete our availability survey.
If you’re interested in reviewing results of the survey for yourself, they can be found on the New River Valley Regional Commission’s website at www.nrvrc.org.
Accelerate Blacksburg hosts regular monthly meetups where professionals from startups to venture capital managers come together to network and hear from local businesses about specific issues. Last month, that issue was expansion of broadband capabilities within the Roanoke-Blacksburg region.
As GoGig’s marketing and sales team member, I was able represent the company on the panel alongside Robert McAden, head of the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC), and Gordie Zeigler, Chairman of the Board of The Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council. The panel was moderated by James Creekmore of The Creekmore Law Firm, and owner of TechPad and Studio 2.0.
McAden and Ziegler offered valuable insight on the opportunities that increased broadband access will mean for the entire Roanoke-Blacksburg region, specifically as it relates to recruiting talent from outside the area. The Blacksburg Electronic Village once had the scientific community focused on this area, but in the 20+ years since the BEV hit its stride, other regions around the country, most notably the Silicon Valley, have caught up and surpassed our region in terms of infrastructure and reputation.
I was able to share some of the challenges and opportunities GoGig has experienced as a startup providing superior internet service via fiber plus advanced wireless technology. Notably, that we’ve already seen the positive effect technology like ours can have as more and more area companies are making the move to downtown Blacksburg to take advantage of our first-class speed and reliability.
GoGig’s capabilities and the regional vision of the RBTC representatives sparked great discussion among the attendees, who also included members of the Blacksburg Town Council. Responding to questions from attendees, the panel covered topics ranging from how to market the opportunities that exist in our region, recruiting talent from outside the area, how the RBTC can provide support in those areas, and how GoGig is working to expand our technology to serve a growing base of businesses working in an office and at home.
Even after the panel was done and the event officially wrapped up, I enjoyed more conversations with folks who are excited about the direction that business in Blacksburg is headed. We’re excited to be a part of it as new businesses are signing up and coming on board with GoGig every month.
If you’re interested in hearing more about GoGig and the service we provide, complete our availability survey.
Uninterrupted wireless service is now available in downtown Blacksburg through Virginia Tech’s “eduroam” network. The service is a result of a collaboration between the university and GoGig, an internet company that provides free wireless in downtown Blacksburg.
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Dave Perks joins Paul VanWagoner, host of ESPN Blacksburg's The Drive afternoon show, to discuss GoGig's launch in the Blacksburg market. Listen to learn more.